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DRBC Staff Participate in Schuylkill River Restoration Fund Awards Ceremony

DRBC staff participated in the Schuylkill River Restoration Fund (SRRF) awards ceremony on September 26, 2013. The ceremony took place at the East Norriton Middle School Campus in Norristown, Pa., which is the site of the Stony Creek Restoration Project, a 2011 SRRF grant recipient.

In 2013, a total of $358,821 from the SRRF was distributed to support seven projects and three land transaction grants, all of which will improve the water quality in the Schuylkill River, a source of drinking water for 1.5 million people, and its tributaries. The funded projects will mitigate stormwater runoff, abandoned mine drainage, and agricultural pollution, while the land transaction grants will assist with costs associated with permanent protection of priority watershed parcels.

Contributors to the SRRF in 2013 included Aqua PA, Exelon Corporation, and the Philadelphia Water Department. The fund is administrated by the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area. Since the fund was initiated eight years ago, more than $2 million dollars has been awarded to over 30 projects in the Schuylkill watershed.

For additional information on the creation of the SRRF, how it's managed, and its contributors, please visit www.nj.gov/drbc/programs/project/wadesville/schuylkill.html and/or click on the link in the "More Information" box.